When you are off on your summer family holiday, the last thing on your mind should be the potential of a travel accident compensation claim on your return. That being said, if you do not take reasonable steps to keep children safe at the pool, there is a chance that accidents abroad could become a holiday reality for you and your loved ones.
By reviewing how to keep your children safe at the pool, and doing your best to ensure they stay safe during your time away, you can relax on holiday, safe in the knowledge that you have done all you can to protect those who mean most to you.
Keeping your children safe at the pool
While different health and safety authorities will recommend different strategies and techniques for keeping children safe at the pool and minimising the risk of accidents, some common themes do occur.
Five ways to keep your children safe at the pool, include:
- Watch your children closely, remember that youngsters can drown in as little as two inches of water. Do not leave them to play in the water unattended. Even if a child knows how to swim, they should be in touching distance of an adult at all times.
- Remember that sunscreen should be applied frequently, even if it is labelled as waterproof. Look for one that protects again UVA and UVB to prevent holiday illnesses such as sunburn and sunstroke.
- Purchase correctly fitted flotation equipment before you travel. While it may be tempting to save on packing space, by purchasing your floating devices in the UK, you have the option of trying different items for fit and choosing the best equipment for your child.
- Note where any drains or filters are in the pool. Encourage your children to swim and play away from any drains, known for pool-related injuries including lacerations. Drains can also trap children by the hair or a loose item of clothing.
- Ensure children stay hydrated. Being in the pool can be deceptively cooling. When playing and swimming in the heat, children can become dehydrated. Insist upon regular breaks for drinks and ice-lollies!
Accident Advice Helpline
If you, or a loved one, has been injured abroad, Accident Advice Helpline could be able to help you claim travel accident compensation.
For more information, call us today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice